Karen Levy

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Global Health





Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Office 261
Box 351618
Hans Rosling Center for Population Health
2980 15th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
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My group does research on the ecology and epidemiology of enteric (food and waterborne) diseases. For further information: https://deohs.washington.edu/hsm-blog/carving-her-own-path

Research Interests

Focuses on the ecology and epidemiology of food and waterborne diseases. Her research group applies microbiological and epidemiological methods to study water quality, food safety, and the impact of climate change on the transmission of diarrheal diseases.

DEOHS Profile


Jesser, K.J., K. Levy. 2020. Updates on defining and detecting diarrheagenic Escherichia coli pathotypes. Current Opinions in Infectious Diseases 33(5): 372-380.

Smith, S.M., L. Montero, M. Paez, E. Ortega, E. Hall, K. Bohnert, X. Sanchez, E. Puebla, P. Endara, W. Cevallos, G. Trueba, K. Levy. 2019. Locals Get Travelers' Diarrhea Too: Risk factors for diarrheal illness and pathogenic E. coli infection across an urban-rural gradient in Ecuador. Tropical Medicine & International Health 24(2): 205-219.

Delahoy, M.J., C. Carcamo, L. Ordoñez, V. Vasquez Apestegui, B. Lopman, T. Clasen, G.F. Gonzales, K. Steenland, K. Levy. 2020. Impact of rotavirus vaccination varies by level of access to piped water and sewerage: an analysis of childhood clinic visits for diarrhea in Peru, 2005-2015. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 39(8): 756-762.

Levy, K., A.P. Woster, R.S. Goldstein, E.J. Carlton. 2016. Untangling the impacts of climate change on waterborne diseases: A systematic review of relationships between meteorological factors and diarrheal diseases. Environmental Science & Technology 50(10): 4905-22.

Lee, D., H.H. Chang, S.E. Sarnat, K. Levy. 2019. Precipitation and Salmonellosis Incidence in Georgia: Interactions Between Extreme Rainfall Events and Antecedent Rainfall Conditions. Environmental Health Perspectives 127(9): 97005.

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